Termite Inspection

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Published December 3rd, 2020

What is a Termite Inspection?

A termite inspection is the process of determining if there is a termite infestation and possible damage to a property. A termite inspection can be conducted visually by property owners and facility managers or by professional termite inspectors who are trained to conduct thorough termite inspections yearly and can make use of devices that can detect termites.

What is a Termite Inspection Checklist?

A termite inspection checklist is a valuable tool that guides property managers and termite inspectors during visual checks. It can be used to help ensure that all critical areas of a property are checked for signs of termite infestation and termite damage.

This article will briefly discuss the following:

  • Why is termite inspection important;
  • how to identify termites and how to conduct a termite inspection;
  • powerful tool for termite inspections; and
  • free termite inspection checklists you can download and use!

Why is Termite Inspection Important?

According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage and property owners spend more than $2 billion annually to treat infestation. Apart from the monetary costs of treating infestation and repairing damage to property, here are 3 reasons why termite inspections are important:

• It Maintains the Structural Integrity of the Property

Whether commercial or residential, any property with wood incorporated in its structure can run the risk of termite infestation. Finding termites or even looking for the onset of termite damage can be difficult for property owners. Once a property is treated, it would need periodic checks usually every year to ensure that termites are kept at bay and proactively prevent the recurrence of termite infestation.

• It is a Requirement for the Purchase of Property

Termite inspection is particularly important for those who wish to sell or buy property. This is especially true for eligible individuals who would like to purchase a property via VA loan. If a property is located where termite infestation is deemed “very heavy” or “moderate to heavy” according to the Termite Infestation Probability Map, a termite inspection will be a part of the requirements of a VA loan. FHA home inspection for FHA loan also includes the need to check for termites.

• It is Required by Insurance Providers

Depending on the insurance policy that a property has, annual termite inspections may be required by some property insurance providers.

How to Identify Termites and How to Conduct Termite Inspection?

Termites abound especially in areas where there is wood and the climate is ideal for their nests, which also happens to be where people tend to live. Here are some tips on how to find termites and how to conduct termite inspection in a property.

Be aware if the property is within the areas where termites tend to live

In order to know the relative risk of termite infestation, check the termite infestation probability map and see if your property falls within “very heavy,” “moderate to heavy,” “slight to moderate,” or “none to slight.”

Termite Infestation Probability Map

Know what termites look like and where they nest or usually swarm

Learn how to differentiate ants, and other wood-destroying insects, from termites. Different types of pest infestation will need different types of treatment.

Termites and Ants

Have a probing device ready and wear proper attire

Use a probing device or something similar you can use such as a screwdriver to check the property and look for mud tubes—they are the most obvious tell-tale signs of termite activity that are used by termites to travel within the property.

Termite Mud Tubes

Check the exterior of the property

Inspect the property’s perimeter, fences/walls, points where soil meets wood, areas with source of moisture, flower pots, and check gardens or shrubbery for possible termite nests. Check the foundations of the property particularly if they are exposed and made of untreated wood because these can become entry points for termites. Probe mud tubes to check for termites.

Check the interior of the property

Carefully check the interior of the property and be mindful when probing wood furniture to avoid damage to property. Look for signs of decay or damage such as water leaks on walls or ceilings because these may indicate termite damage and infestation below the surface. Check old books, magazines, or stacks of newspapers and documents.

Record all findings and consider consulting professional termite inspectors who know best how to thoroughly look for termites and properly treat infestation.

Powerful Tool for Termite Inspections

Termite inspections are crucial to ensure that properties are fit for occupancy, properly maintained and protected from termite infestation. Conducting timely inspections and properly recording termite inspection findings, however, can be challenging to homeowners, property managers, and inspectors when using paper-based forms. iAuditor by SafetyCulture offers a solution to these challenges by helping termite inspectors and facility managers do the following:

  • Easily take photos of termite damage and evidence of termite infestation
  • Automatically record termite inspections and conveniently submit inspection findings
  • Don’t miss another periodic termite inspection by using the scheduling feature
  • Use geotagging to record the exact location of termite inspections
  • Download, edit, and share free termite inspection checklists


Erick Brent Francisco

SafetyCulture staff writer

As a staff writer for SafetyCulture, Erick is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. Prior to SafetyCulture, Erick worked in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail.